Kaj je slalom na divjih vodah?/What is Canoe Slalom?

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Pri slalomu na divjih vodah morajo tekmovalci usmerjati svoj čoln skozi par količkov, imenovan vrata. Približno 200 metrov dolgo progo, polno brzic in tokov, morajo preveslati brez dotika ali zgrešenih vrat. Če se tekmovalec dotakne količka, mu sodniki dosodijo dve dodatni kazenski sekundi, za zgrešena ali napačno preveslana vrata pa h končnemu času prištejejo 50 kazenskih sekund. Količki vrat so zeleno-bele ali rdeče-bele barve. Pri vratih z zeleno-belimi količki tekmovalci veslajo v smeri toka, pri količkih rdeče-bele barve pa morajo veslati proti toku. Število vrat na tekmovanjih se giblje med 18 in 25.

Tekmovalci in tekmovalke lahko tekmujejo v petih disciplinah. Moški tekmujejo v kajaku (K1M) in kanuju enosedu (C1M), ženske prav tako tekmujejo v kajaku (K1Ž) in kanuju enosedu (C1Ž). Poznamo pa tudi mešano disciplino (C2mix), kjer v dvojcu skupaj veslata moški in ženska.

Tekmovalci in tekmovalke najprej nastopajo v kvalifikacijah in polfinalu. V finalu vsake izmed disciplin nato nastopi po deset najhitrejših tekmovalcev oziroma tekmovalk iz polfinala.


In Canoe Slalom, paddlers must navigate their canoe or kayak through pairs of poles, which are called gates. The course of gates is set up over challenging rapids, waves, eddies and currents on an approx. 200m stretch of whitewater. If the paddler touches a pole or misses a gate altogether then penalty seconds are added to their timed run (2 seconds for touching a pole, 50 seconds for missing a gate). Gates have green and white or red and white poles. When gates are green and white athletes have to pass them in the direction of current, while with red and white gates paddlers have to pass them in the opposite direction to that of the current. The number of gates varies from 18 to 25.

There are Kayak events, for men and women, in single (K1) boats, and Canoe events in single (C1) and mixed double (C2) boats. In mix C2 event male and female are paddling in the same boat.

Competitors first compete in heats and in semifinal. Then top 10 paddlers from each category (C1M, K1M, K1W, C1W, C2Mx) advance to the grand final.

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